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Coronavirus: How Silicon Valley candidates are campaigning while social distancing

Door-knocking, shaking hands and kissing babies is off the table for Silicon Valley political candidates during the coronavirus crisis. And with stay-at-home orders extending through May, candidates are now devising new strategies to reach voters in a digital campaigning landscape as the November election draws near. A side effect of shelter-in-place, according to San Jose City Council candidate...

Prop. 13 reform backers submit signatures for revised measure in November

Backers of the “split roll” property tax measure on Thursday submitted almost 2 million signatures — nearly twice the number required — to qualify a revised version of the initiative for the November ballot. Schools and Community First, a coalition of education, labor and philanthropic organizations, announced submitting 1.74 million signatures, far above the 997,139 signatures needed by...

San Jose labor leaders question missing signatures after measure fails to qualify

A citywide measure to shift mayoral elections to presidential years and prohibit certain campaign contributions has failed to qualify for the November ballot, but labor leaders are questioning the process and claiming nearly 2,000 voter signatures went missing. Last month, labor officials delivered nearly 100,000 signatures to San Jose City Hall to qualify the initiative....

San Jose: Voter turnout on Super Tuesday higher than years past

Hundreds of thousands of Santa Clara County voters turned out to vote during Super Tuesday this year, deciding the fate for dozens of local offices and measures, and narrowing down the race for the Democratic presidential nominee. While the early numbers are estimates, Eric Kurhi, a spokesperson for the county’s Registrar of Voters, said voter...

Santa Clara voters reject measure to reduce council districts

Santa Clara’s contentious Measure C has been defeated with nearly 60 percent of voters in the city rejecting the proposal that would shake up local elections. The initiative would’ve halved the number of council districts for future elections – from six districts to three. Proponents, such as Mayor Lisa Gillmor and Councilmember Teresa O’Neill, said...

Sam Liccardo celebrates with Measure E tax in lead

Jubilation broke out at the Measure E headquarters on Second Street after the first round of elections results were released Tuesday night. Although the lead was slight, Mayor Sam Liccardo waved his fist in the air, delivering fist bumps around the room. “What heartens me as a public servant in this city,” Liccardo said, “is...

Mahan builds big lead in race for San Jose City Council seat

Tech leader Matt Mahan had a big lead in the San Jose City Council District 10 race after the first wave of election results were posted Tuesday evening. By the end of the night, he had 58.3 percent of the vote with 47 percent of ballots counted, far ahead of nurse and businesswoman Helen Wang,...